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Grateful Dead Live at Crystal Ballroom on 1968-01-23


Topics Live concert


Viola Lee Blues > Feedback ; Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Clementine > Good Morning Little School Girl*


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Crystal Ballroom
Location Portland, OR

Source Soundboard
Lineage MSR > C > D > CD
Transferred by Julian (Jools) Elliott

Notes

Comments from www.deadlists.com:

Although this circulates labeled as "1/23/68 Eagles Aud", no documentary evidence (posters, reviews, newspaper ads, etc) has been found for shows there during the Quick and the Dead tour, other than the two on 1/26 and 1/27. Joe Jupille researched the University of Washington Daily and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspapers and only found an ad for QMS and the Dead on 1/26 and 1/27 in the 1/26/68 edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (the weekend entertainment insert, p. 6). He turned up no mention of other Quick and the Dead shows at Eagles Auditorium. This show has one of the early versions of the Other one lyrics: When I woke up this morning, my head was not in sight I would ask the walls about it, but they vanished overnight I could not think to spell my name, or fly there was no way and the heat came round and busted me for smiling on a cloudy day I was skipping through the lilly fields, when I came across an empty space it quivered and exploded, left a bus stop in its place the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began there was Cowboy Neal, at the wheel, of a bus to never-ever land Not listed in DeadBase XI. There is no Drums after the first Cryptical, the Other one has the original lyrics, and there is a tape flip in New Potato Caboose. Timings should be updated.

Reviews

Reviewer: Satori70 - - January 23, 2013
Subject: 45 years ago in the Crystal Ballroom

Without doubt, my favorite week {1/68} of recorded Dead ! Not quite 1/20 hot, but another early lyric TOO, a much too rare Clementine, amazing NPC > BCE & sweet Spanish ! 5*****

I remember somewhere Grace saying Davis' "Sketches of Spain" was very popular, and very infulential. I never realized the obvious White Rabbit similarity. It oozes Spanish !!

I love the Archive ~ Thank you again Julian "JJ" Jools Elliott and countless others.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - - June 27, 2011
Subject: Gorgeous
No matter what date this was from, it's excellent. I'm a huge fan of Clementine and while is not it's strongest performance, it's always good to hear. Bobby loses his voice for Born Cross-Eyed which kind of adds to the entertainment value.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - July 6, 2010
Subject: sorry guys, this is NOT a three star show...
even if this recording is tragically truncated, what IS here is just amazing, pure and simple. the other one, clementine and New potato are all excellent, and this is one of very few versions of born cross eyed available, which is also very well done. garica's playing throughout is incendiary, (try the new potato) as well as thoughtfully coltrane-like jazzy (clementine). and while i agree that clementine may not have been the greatest song the band ever wrote, to me it gels quite wonderfully as a beautiful jam vehicle. be sure to listen to the miller version instead, which i think is significantly better than this...
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - - March 16, 2009
Subject: ~TWO PLACES AT THE SAME TIME~
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The GRATEFUL DEAD performed at the Eagles Auditorium in Seattle Washington on January 23,1968, but here we "see clearly" that the GRATEFUL DEAD are performing at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland Oregon on the very same day January 23, 1968.

HOW CAN THIS BE?

...It must be proof that the GRATEFUL DEAD were at two places at the same time...AMAZING!

See fer yerself:

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=1968-01-23%20AND%20collection%3AGratefulDead

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the love from 1968...
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - January 5, 2009
Subject: Pieces of shows
There's a lot of evidence that there was no 1/23/68 show. Some of this is 1/22/68. The bit of Spanish Jam sounds like it is the "Space" from 1/22/68 before the cut -- there is more to it not here.

Clementine (written by Phil Lesh, inspired by John Coltrane's two-chord improves), was played only 5 times. I like the one on 1/20/68.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-01-20.sbd.clugston.5181.sbeok.shnf

Overall, enjoyable. But there are plenty of more complete 67/68 shows, some of them outstanding, with uncut songs, here at Archive.org
Reviewer: Cnick - - January 24, 2008
Subject: Good 1
My review is that this is a good show, decent jams, and the recording is good - though a little hissy - but it is '68.

This is a review site for this show - correct? Or is it error and personality review for the critique minded? Book review?
Reviewer: CommanderCraig - - January 24, 2008
Subject: The Two-Chord Bounce
"Clementine" is simply an idea that never got developed into a song. The two chords allow for some interesting jamming and a change in dynamics, particularly in transitioning out of the "Cryptical" reprise. But the words are, well, not Hunter's best.

Nevertheless, virtually anything from this period is golden. With the "Other One" suite, "Dark Star," and "The Eleven" mixed in with Pigpen's R&B, the Dead created its own unique inimitable music. How many band can you really say that about with a straight face?

For me, though, the band never had a sustained period of passion and originality to match 1967-1970. True, there were some fine songs and lengthier pieces that showed what the band was capable of ("Terrapin," "Help/Slip/Franklin's," and "Eyes of the World," for example), but they never lived up to these early years.

I think Phil Lesh may have nailed it in his book when he talked about how the drugs the once helped glue their experiences together ultimately alienated the band members from one other. No matter how much Phil tries to spin things positively, the story is totally tragic.

By the way, for a better example of how to make a very good song out of a bouncy, two-chord jam, listen to the Allman Brothers' "Dreams."
Reviewer: violanojblues - - December 1, 2007
Subject: What a SHOW!!
I think that every good show in the Anthem/Aoxomoxoa can be judged by the intensity of the Cryptical Envelopment. These early versions are like fire-breathing dragons. They don't invoke the pop-hippie subculture typified by this era. This set is scary psychedelic. Jerry's spittin' acid out of his guitar. The eerie Clementine and beautiful New Potato make this one of the most underrated shows of their 30 years.
Reviewer: DMT - - September 9, 2007
Subject: pure inspirartion
This is it - a ship driven by the powers that control the universe.
Reviewer: DEADBUCK - - January 23, 2006
Subject: well well well
I gotta say I would dl this if it were able to be....and I wish I could someday write a review w/o mentioning the thanksgiving day massacre from 05. Well may just be someday I will be able to....so blank those responsible for it. this show just sounds right on and I wish i was in the herbavore cruisin w the top down by first beach in newport with this pumpin. viva pergatory chasm. and viva la pasta too.
Reviewer: williscat2000 - - September 12, 2005
Subject: representative of 1968
truly great 1968
Great sound quality. Clementine>new potatoe caboose>born cross eyed is hot. great drumming. excellent mix.
Reviewer: Mike Ashenfelder - - July 20, 2004
Subject: Clementine
"Clementine" is a pretty tune, cool-jazz 6/8 style, atmospheric. Similar to Quicksilver's "Gold and Silver" in its time signature and softly loping feel.

But in all the versions in this archive "Clementine" never quite jells into a really good song. Half the band usually plays much too busily while the other half plays tastefully and true. And it's tough to play a two-chord bounce for very long without the song becoming boring.

It's a shame. A nice tune with potential. A little gem.
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